Sessions Fine Art Supply List for beginning watercolorists:

February 22, 2016

Supply List for beginning watercolorists:

1. Bring a full sheet 22”X30” high quality watercolor paper (Arches, Kilimanjaro ???) 140 lb. rough cold press (about $6.00) We will divide the sheet and paint several paintings.


2. Roll of Painter’s masking tape, the blue kind, 1” . . . cheapest at Walmart)


3. 1 ply board/drawing board . . . suitable to stretch/tape watercolor paper prior to painting.


4. Water container . . . large enough to hold a quart of water ideally. Or, a cottage cheese size container (not glass please.)


5.  Suggest a visit to Quality Art in Boise for the following:


1 inch flat watercolor wash brush (square corners 1 inch wide)


1 # 8 or 10 round brush (Simply Simmons makes a decent brush in both these sizes discounted at QA to around $2.50 each.


1 palette (use what you like, Butcher tray, white plate, plastic or metal palette (get creative . . .see Pinterest for ideas), but don’t spend great amounts of money on this.


Paint/pigment: QA has Winsor&Newton Cotman watercolor tube paint (21 ml. for about $5-6.00 per tube on sale at 40% off. (Michaels has the same paint at the same price at 40% off . . . watch for deals/coupons). These are high quality starter pigments.


Bring the basic primary colors . . . suggest:


Alizarin Crimson

Cobalt Blue

French Ultramarine

Gamboge hue (no example) /or Raw Sienna

Yellow Ochre (sort of this color)

Raw Umber

Burnt Sienna


We can mix about anything using these.



You can use good old Prang and get a start, but don’t get any cheap sets or cheap tubes. With the cheaper stuff, you will be less successful. (Basic Prang set will work for starting and you don’t need a palette right off.)


6.  #2 pencil


7.  Roll of toilet paper or paper towels.


Technology (ipads are amazing tools for artists, or i phones, or ???) These things help.


*** Bring your lunch, or there are restaurants a few steps away. There is a mini-fridge for drinks and a microwave. Bring your own drinks, hot or cold.


Those already painting with water media, just bring your gear.

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